Rashid was born in Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian father and English mother, and raised in Canada and is now a US Citizen.Rashid’s designs include the Garbo waste can, the Oh Chair for Umbra, a concept store for Giorgio Armani, manhole covers for the sewers of New York, perfume bottles for Kenzo, bobble water bobble, watches and tableware for Alessi, lighting for Artemide and products for Veuve Clicquot.
His work, all sensual curves and bright colours, is instantly recognizable and has been variously described (by Rashid himself) as “sensual minimalism” and “blobjects”.
Being one of the most prolific designers of his generation, Karim Rashid is the celebrity designer of today’s post.
“FOR THE LONGEST TIME DESIGN ONLY EXISTED FOR THE ELITE AND FOR A SMALL INSULAR CULTURE. I HAVE WORKED HARD FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS TRYING TO MAKE DESIGN A PUBLIC SUBJECT.” Karim Rashid
|University of Naples Metro Station by Karim Rashid|
|Jak by Karim Rashid for Alessi|
|Switch Restaurant by Karim Rashid|
|Bobble by Karim Rashid|
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Don’t be frightened by the numbers, because they are outstanding: 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi, democratic products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M, furniture for Bonaldo and Vondom, lighting for Artemide and Fabbian, high tech products for Asus and Samsung, surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati, brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson and packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Hugo Boss.
The artist is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I. D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.
In his spare time Karim’s pluralism flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.
We believe we don’t need to say more. Rashid really is a successful designer!